Justin Turner placed on DL with hamstring strain, Dodgers recall Carlos Triunfel

Ed Zurga

The Dodgers have placed 14 different players on 15 disabled list stints in 2014.

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Sunday placed infielder Justin Turner on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, suffered during Saturday's win over the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers recalled infielder Carlos Triunfel from Triple-A Albuquerque in a corresponding roster move.

Turner strained his hamstring while running out a double hit in the second inning on Saturday. After limping into second base, Turner left the game after a brief consultation with Dodgers trainer Stan Conte.

"When it first happened I thought it was a cramp. It tightened up real quick," Turner said Sunday morning. "I tried stretching it out and it just wouldn't loosen up."

Turner said his hamstring felt a little right Sunday morning, though it felt fine walking around. He said the trainers told him he might miss anywhere from seven days to three weeks.

"Stan was hopeful it wouldn't be a two-month injury," manager Don Mattingly said. "[Turner] came in today feeling pretty good. It wasn't like he couldn't walk or anything. We're just hopeful that it's a regular hamstring injury."

Signed to a minor league deal in the offseason, Turner has proven to be one of the most valuable reserves on the Dodgers. He is hitting .302/.358/.434 with 10 doubles, three home runs and a triple in 58 games this season. In June he was hitting .400/.468/.545 with 11 RBI in 62 plate appearances.

"Any time you go on the DL it's frustrating," Turner said. "But I'd rather go on the DL feeling good than go on the DL feeling crappy."

The 29-year-old utility man has played eight games at second base and six games at shortstop this season, but his main contribution was filling in for Juan Uribe at third base for the better part of a month. Turner has played 34 games at third base this season, including 27 starts, and hit .349/.413/.542 in 28 games during the 34 games Uribe was on the disabled list.

Triunfel was just optioned to Albuquerque on Thursday when Uribe was activated from the DL, but this transaction effectively negates that move. He was 2-for-7 with a home run in seven games with the Dodgers this season, including six games and two starts at shortstop.

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